After a pulsating, enthralling 70 minutes of football on Saturday night, as the Laois supporters filed out of O’Moore Park into the night, it was hard to know whether to be happy or disappointed with the result. Was it a point gained or a point lost? An argument could be made on both sides of that argument.
Laois trailed for most of the game, only taking the lead on three occasions and by a solitary point each time. The last time they held the lead in the game was 46 seconds into the second half, and thereafter they were either level or trailing, falling five behind at one stage.
The sides were level at half-time at 1-6 to 0-9 before Gary Walsh’s free after 46 seconds put Laois in front. Their lead didn’t last too long though as Andy McDonnell got through for a goal to give Louth a huge boost. The sides exchanged scores before Kevin Rogers slotted home to allow Louth go five ahead.
That was the cue for Laois to spring back to life, and lead by captain John O’Loughlin they launched a comeback. O’Loughlin won a free for Gary Walsh to slot over before pointing himself, and three more unanswered scores soon followed.
Ross Munnelly scored from play out on the left wing, before another effort from O’Loughlin and fisted point from Gary Walsh had Laois back on level terms.
Louth then thought they had won it when Brian White scored his second 45 of the game soon after, but there was one last twist. Once again it was the inspirational O’Loughlin who got Laois back into it, as he won a free 21 yards out which Gary Walsh held his nerve to slot over the bar.
See this Tuesday’s Leinster Express for full report and reaction.